At age nine years, Alisha starts a 4-H project and becomes a pig farmer with help from her parents and two younger sisters. This informative book is well organized and filled with lovely photographs that take the reader into daily life on a pig farm. Alisha gives a enthusiastic account of birthing, nurturing and caring for her pigs. She shares some interesting details in the life of a pig. Baby pigs, unlike many other animals, are born with very strong legs and are almost born running. The reader follows her preparations for a county fair and enjoys the thrill of showing pigs and winning ribbons. A glossary, index and information about 4-H complete the book.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In this photo-essay, young Alisha Eberly describes her family's 4-H project raising pigs on their farm in Dallastown, PA. Beginning with a simple explanation of the role of a boar in breeding a sow in heat, she describes the birth process and discusses the family's role: "We need to know ahead of time when the piglets are going to be born, so we'll be ready to care for them right away." That care includes cleaning the lively piglets after birth-as many as 18 in a litter-warming them, clipping their needle teeth, giving them iron shots, and notching their ears. Each procedure is described in a matter-of-fact manner and illustrated with a large photograph. Throughout, Alisha stresses the team effort her family makes to care for them. She doesn't shy away from stating that the ultimate purpose of raising pigs is to sell them as food. The final section of the book describes the process of showing pigs at a fair. Although few readers will have this child's experiences, all can appreciate her pride in winning ribbons and awards. Winston's full-color photographs are consistently clear and appealing while illustrating the author's points.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI